New today: Ministry and place, Lou Carlozo reviews Richard Thompson & Linda Thompson's Family project, two films about Mormons in Africa

April 8, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 133; Daniel 1:1-21Acts 2:42-47

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Lutheran and Episcopal calendars), Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Svetlana Velmar-Janković

New today from the Century

A pastor’s place, by Michael L. Lindvall. Ministry is incarnationally specific. Pastors are called to see their place and people with God's "lover's eye," and to love them for their particularity.

Lou Carlozo reviews Thompson's Family album. The story of Family begins with the unlikely reunion of a married couple who once made remarkable music together but then didn’t speak to each other for years.

Two films about Mormons in Africa, by Margaret Blair Young. The past restriction on men of African descent in the Latter-day Saints priesthood still affects black converts. Nonetheless, Mormonism is a thriving religion in Africa, and Mormon art is beginning to explore that.

Christian business and religious freedom, by David Williams. Religious freedom is kind of a bedrock value in the United States. Yet this has been botched, with "standing up for liberty" now morphed into "wanting the freedom to refuse business to people I think are sinners."

A brief review of Doing the Math of Mission, by Gil Rendle.

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In the CCblogs network 

Superhost! What if guests reviewed a church Like an AirBnb? by Ruth Everhart

No, God doesn’t have a plan. But that’s OK, by MaryAnn McKibben Dana

What I know and what I don’t, by Teri McDowell Ott

Post resurrection thoughts, by Rachael Keefe


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